Our people

Peter Candler

Peter is managing director of Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle’s first luxury boutique hotel which won AA Hotel of the Year in 2008-09, three years after opening. This was followed by the Good Hotel Guide’s Cesar Award for City Hotel of the Year in 2013. A converted Arts and Crafts mansion, the hotel is one of … Continue reading Peter Candler

Robin Freer

A student bar-job in Newcastle, where Robin was studying architectural technology at Northumbria University, started an unplanned career in hospitality and led, 16 years later in 2018, to the General Manager role at St Mary’s Inn. The atmosphere, the buzz and the sociability of pubs and bars were, he confesses, a bigger attraction than technical … Continue reading Robin Freer

Our Sister Property: Jesmond Dene House

Our sister property in Newcastle, Jesmond Dene House, is a country-house hotel in the city. An Arts & Crafts mansion overlooking a wooded valley, the hotel feels to be in rural peace yet is only a 10-minute from Newcastle city centre. It’s the same ownership but a different style: St Mary’s Inn is a pub-with-rooms, … Continue reading Our Sister Property: Jesmond Dene House

How To Find Us

From the South: Some Satnav systems will direct you to use a minor road involving a sharp left turn from the A1(M) between the Stannington Village and Morpeth exits.  This left turn is not the best route to St Mary’s Inn from the A1(M).  Instead, we suggest that you use the Morpeth/Clifton exit which is … Continue reading How To Find Us

A Bit Of Background…

Set in south Northumberland near Stannington village, as part of a new community which is currently being developed, our pub and B&B is on the site of St Mary’s Hospital. Built at the beginning of last century, as the county asylum for Gateshead – 2000 patients at its peak – the hospital closed in 1996. … Continue reading A Bit Of Background…





Dear Family and Friends of St. Mary’s Inn,

We are absolutely committed to the well-being, health and safety of our guests and staff.

The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading throughout the world and each Government is following their own strategy to minimise the impact on their people.

The UK Government have advised most recently that people should avoid pubs, theatres, clubs, and by implication, restaurants, though businesses are left to make their own operational choices based on their unique circumstances.

This is a rapidly changing situation and in order to ensure we put our guests and staff at the front of our considerations we have made the decision to temporarily close the Inn effective from 19:00hrs, Sunday, 22nd March 2020.

We will keep everyone advised as the situation changes and look forward to welcoming you all back at the earliest possible time and in accordance with future Government and WHO advice.

We wish the people of the village of Stannington, our guests who travel so far to see us, and our loyal staff and your families well through this difficult time.

The St. Mary’s Inn team